The “Family Guy” and “American Dad” creator has been announced as the host of the 85th Annual Academy Awards, airing on February 24, 2013. MacFarlane steps into the role most recently filled by Oscars favorite Billy Crystal earlier in 2012.
“It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars,” MacFarlane said of his role as host in a press release. “My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don’t find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen roast.”
“We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh,” Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said of MacFarlane in a joint statement. “He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him.”
It’s already been an excellent 2012 for MacFarlane. The writer-actor-director’s live-action directorial debut, “Ted,” has netted $434 million worldwide since its debut in June. Most recently, MacFarlane served as host of “Saturday Night Live” during the sketch comedy show’s season premiere, a turn that garnered rave reviews from critics and “SNL” fans alike. If that hour and a half of late-night television is any indication, Oscar viewers are in for quite the song and dance when MacFarlane takes the stage next February.
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